Celebrations: 100th birthday

By Tammara Fogle | February 25, 2022

100th birthday

Wanda Elaine Smith Burrow celebrated her 100th birthday on Feb. 18.

Wanda was the fourth of eight children born to Marvin and Lizzie Smith in Cold Springs, Okla. She grew up on a farm, earned an education degree from Wichita State University and worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” at the beginning of World War II. She went on to teach elementary school 35 years in Wichita, winning an excellence in teaching award in 1967.  

She was married to her husband, Russel, from 1941 until his death in 2012. They had two children, four grandchildren, five great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

She stayed busy not only teaching school but also choir at church and Sunday school. She was a choir soloist, played piano and was a leader in women’s organizations. Her hobbies include china painting, cooking, canning and sewing. Birthday wishes may be sent to 760 N. Toh N Hah Trail Wichita, KS 67212.